Top Photographer - Issue 05

Top Photographer is a ranking based on the average score of a person’s best five photos in a given issue. The winner will be awarded this section of the magazine to do with as they please. Last issue’s winner was Emmett Sparling. 

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Emmett Sparling



Who are you and what do you do when you aren’t taking pictures?

I just graduated from high school and I’m currently taking a gap-year before I go to film school in the fall. I play soccer competitively and love going on adventures—with and without my camera. I plan to travel in the spring.

Can you give us a tip on how to take a great photo? What kind of camera do you use?

I use a Canon 6D. My biggest advice would be to invest in a good lens, and learn how to edit your photos. Also collaborate with as many people as you can, because that’s the best way to learn new tricks. Try to take photos every day because that’s how to get your creativity working.

Who is your favourite local photographer and why?

My favourite local photographer is Elizabeth Gadd. Her work is out of this world. Her use of light gives each one of her photos a magical and relaxing feel.

What do you love about Vancouver?

I love how Vancouver is so close to nature. You can be shooting downtown in an urban environment, and then 15 minutes later be in the middle of Stanley Park, surrounded by trees. It’s the perfect place for a photographer. I also love how safe the city is. 

What do you hate about Vancouver?

I hate the rain. Waaaaay too much of that.

What’s your favourite place to have a beer in Vancouver?

Still underage, can’t drink yet.

If you could change one thing about Archive, what would it be? 

I’d love it if Archive were more accessible to more people—in more shops, cafés etc. I had a hard time finding it, but that might just be me. 


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